Item offered:

We/Gere Ritual Mask
~ Richly Embellished ~
(Ivory Coast)

 



Materials:
wood, rolled fabric, cowrie shells,
animal horns, hair, & hide, metal bells,
raffia, feathers, & vegetal fibers

Approximate dimensions:
16" H x 11.5" W x 6" D

Estimated age:
50+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 9-lbs.
Stand not included - used for
display purposes only.

All sales final.


 

All items carefully packed & shipped after payment received & cleared via PayPal. Unless otherwise specified in the item description, shipping to the U.S. will generally be via USPS Priority Mail, USPS Parcel Post, or UPS. Expedited shipping upgrade is available & optional. Will ship worldwide, with international shipping rates to be determined by buyer's location. Insurance optional/additional. Seller not responsible for any damages incurred during shipping nor for any Customs-related fees for non-U.S. shipments.
Description:

From our personal collection, on offer is a haunting mask from the We-Gere peoples of the Ivory Coast. Such masks are worn & danced during funereal rituals, & are also used to help ferret out guilty individuals in the community.

Adding to the mysteriousness of the piece, the mask has been richly embellished with numerous substances that are believed to enhance it with special powers: animal horns & hair, feathers, cowrie shells, bells, & "magic" pouches. Rolled fabric surrounds the face, & a raffia beard lines the chin.

Despite some old chips, scrapes, & small cracks, this fearsome mask is in good overall condition, & makes a most powerful display. Superb old patina.
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